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    Surprise Ending

    The synopsis of this book is not telling at all as to the real story being told. Characters are not who they seem but Delaney tells a unique narrative that keeps the reader turning the pages. By the end I had figured part of the conclusion but not all. Surprise Surprise but not necessary a positive one in conclusion. A copy of this book was provided by Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." THIS IS WORTH YOUR TIME!
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    There's one way to get a perfect wife

    I have enjoyed the books written by JP Delaney and the newest one published is not a disappointment. Almost five years after she supposedly disappeared from her beach house, Abbie jolts awake and as she becomes more aware of her surroundings, she realizes she's in a hospital. Her husband, Tim, is at her bedside. She has so many questions about what had happened and the reason she had been hospitalized. She is especially concerned about their autistic son, Danny. As she becomes more alert, Tim tells her she is actually an Cobot. A cobot is a robot that Tim has spent 5 years creating and developing. Even though she looks like Abbie, she is not really Abbie. She has been programmed to be a perfect wife, mother and person. Her memories, thoughts and mannerisms have been uploaded to this new Abbie. This book tells of Abbie's quest for knowledge, answers and questions about what exactly what caused "the accident". Her search uncovers clues that maybe everything wasn't as perfect as Tim wants her to believe. When she finds out the truth about what really happened five years ago, she makes decisions to insure Danny's safety. The story had several twists and turns and startling revelations towards the unexpected conclusions. Looking forward to the next JP Delaney book. Thank-you to Netgalley, Ballantine Books and JP Delaney for an ARC in exchange for a honest review. Review will be posted to Goodreads, Amazon and BN
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    Interesting life experiences

    I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, J. P. Delaney, and Quercus, Ballantine Books, publishers. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. What would you do if you could erase the memory of your spouse, add back only the parts of your relationship where you were cast in a good light, and control the way your future was presented to said spouse? Or what if you were on the other side of that equation - your brain was only exposed to those thoughts and memories approved by your spouse? How long would this take to make you a little crazy? Tim is a Silicone Valley shining star. His wife Abbie has been missing for several years, leaving Tim - once he is cleared of murdering his missing wife - as the single parent of their autistic son, Danny. Tim and his crew of geeks have managed over those years to come close to perfecting a companion robot amidst their sales person robots, and Tim has carefully adding into the software of one that looks remarkably like Abbie only those memories from her past and their relationship that he wants her to have. Her software is the first trial run of a newly written program that allows the bot to develop compassion and empathy, make educated guesses, or research things mentally on-line when she doesn't know something about the subject. Within days Abbie has learned to pause when puzzled, knowing that wiki might just provide the information she needs to make an educated decision. It tales a little longer for her to see that Tim is up to something, and that he is much too controlling, but there is so much missing from her recollections of their personal lives that she is for a time lost. Surely she, an independent artist with a firm set of values and a healthy self worth, couldn't have lived like this. And the ABA techniques of praise and punishment practiced by Danny's specialized school, using electric shock as a deterrent for unsociable behavior for a boy diagnosed with childhood disintegrative disorder before his 4th birthday, is untenable. Unfortunately she apparently has no say in his care. Unless she choses to take the reins of their lives into her own hands... And somehow, it all feels very familiar... I thoroughly enjoyed Annie and Danny, and found the details of both autism treatment choices and robot development interesting and at times entertaining. This was a fascinating read, one I am happy to recommend to family and friends. pub date August 6, 2019
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    Intriguing, Disturbing

    When Abbie wakes she has no memory of who she is or what has happened to her. She is told by a man who says he is her husband that she had an accident 5 years ago and thanks to a technological breakthrough she has been brought from near death. He tells her she is an artist, a surfer, the mother of a young son ... the perfect wife. She is a miracle of science. But Abbie isn't so sure of what he's telling her. She comes to doubt what he says ... but what his motive be? His version of events just doesn't add up to what she believes. What really happened to her 5 years ago? THE PERFECT WIFE seems, to me, to be more science fiction than thriller. This was a disturbing story and frightening in thinking of these things in today's world. I wonder ..is this what comes next in future technology ... or has it already happened? It kind of put me in mind of the Stepford Wives. The ending left me in goosebumps. Many thanks to the author / Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine / Netgalley for the digital copy of this most intriguing book. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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    Not what I expected

    I requested this book because it was listed as a psychological thriller but it really is more of a sci-fi genre which I really do not read. I tried to get interested in it but failed as it just did not hold my interest. I think sci-fi fans will really enjoy this. I did think the book was very well written. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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